It was all about Grey Views and Grayson at The Silverlands on Saturday as Buxton welcomed Rushall Olympic for their Evo-Stik Premier Division clash under heavy fog.
Despite only half of the pitch being visible, there was plenty of action on display within the first minute as The Bucks recovered from an immediate attack to counter, using a defence splitting through ball to allow Bradley Grayson to round the Olympic keeper, Jose Veiga and slot home giving the home side the early lead.
From the majority of fan’s viewpoints there was very little else of note in the first half as play for the most part disappeared into the mist with Buxton attacking down the right hand side, broken up with barrages of long balls from either side. However, when play did eventually reach the near touchline spectators were treated to ongoing verbal conflict between Bucks trio; Ricky Ravenhill, Nicky Walker and Greg Young.
A moment of controversy arose in the 35th minute as Rushall’s Aaron Forde went un-booked for a studs up challenge in the heart of midfield, leading to the match officials being heavily berated by both Buxton players and supporters alike, calling in to question the effect of the fog on officiating efficiency.
After the interval the floodlights did not help the view as the mist set in deeper, losing the far goal from sight from my position near the halfway line. However Buxton seemed reinvigorated since the restart, with a period of pressure finally culminating in a Nicky Walker strike just inside the area nestling in the bottom corner on the 63 minute mark giving the all blue Buxton side a two goal cushion.
Grayson wrapped up the scoring in the 79th minute following a sublime strike on the edge of the box, giving himself a brace and The Bucks the three points against the promotion rivals with the final ten minutes plunged in to near darkness. The win took Buxton in to second place, leapfrogging Olympic and Blyth Spartans (Who didn’t play due to Cup involvement) in the process.
With four points separating the top four and Blyth Spartans having two games in hand, next Saturday’s game between The Spartans and The Bucks at Croft Park became an even more important must-win for both sides.
Half Time: Buxton 1-0 Rushall Olympic
Full Time: Buxton 3-0 Rushall Olympic
Scorers: Buxton- Grayson(2) and Walker
Man of the Match: Bradley Grayson
Attendance: 313, The Silverlands
Referee: Wade Smith